During the 1970s in Italy, a group of visual poets stirred up quite a scene around Florence. The ring leader, a young poet who goes by the name of Sarenco issued a periodical called Lotta Poetica (Poetic War), a communist, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist monthly devoted primarily to poetry with visual elements. Members of this Gruppo 70 as they came to be called included Eugenio Miccini, Luciano Ori, Lucia Marcucci, Giusi Coppini, Michele Perfetti and Lamberto Pignotti. Here is a report on... Topics: KPFA-FM, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Sound Poetry
On August 8, 1970, Charles Amirkhanian visited with intermedia artist Iain Baxter in his North Vancouver, British Columbia home. The residence doubled as the headquarters for an unusual corporation, called the N.E. Thing Co., Ltd. Charles probes the motivations for setting up such an institution and discusses several projects of the company with Mr. Baxter, who preferred to be introduced as "president" of the N.E. Thing Company. Years before the invention of the Macintosh computer or... Topics: Conceptual Art, Interview, Inter-media Art and technology, KPFA-FM
"On Wednesday, January 3, 1973, the Museum of Conceptual Art opened its doors across the street from its previous space in San Francisco. The new address (75 Third Street) is above the Breen’s Bar where many previous showings by MOCA have occurred. In this dingy loft, previously used by a printing company, about 500 artists and viewers gathered between 7pm and 11pm expecting to witness a startling new show by the museum’s curator Tom Marioni. Instead, they were left staring at each... Topics: MOCA-FM, Inter-Media and Visual Arts, Performance Art
On April 28, 1971, the transmission herewith recorded took place. CHESS: A Participatory Time Space Event produced by students from California College of Arts and Crafts under direction of James Petrillo. Thirty-two human beings acted as chess pieces utilizing a district of San Francisco as the chessboard. The chess pieces were situated in the Richmond District of San Francisco bounded by Lake Funston, Fulton Street and Sixth Avenue. They received their instructions to move from portable radios... Topics: KPFA-FM, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Interactive Art
In a unique integration of radio, art, and the listening audience, Peter Veres, Anthony Gnazzo, and Gene Turitz present an interactive documentary on bags. This intermedia event was co-sponsored by KPFA and the Berkeley Art Center in Live Oak Park, Berkeley. This program is, in many ways, a field recording of children and other visitors interacting in a room full of bags at the Art Center, while Veres, Gnazzo, and Turitz provide a running commentary on the events as they unfold (or get... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Interactive Art, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Bags, Field Recordings
Composed in 1969 specifically for broadcast on KPFA’s groundbreaking, audience participation, Radio Event series, Anthony Gnazzo has created yet another hilarious work of sound poetry or aural montage. Mixing snippets of advertisements, announcements, and music from the mainstream media with excerpts of phone interviews that Gnazzo conducted with KPFA listeners about their impressions of radio programming and commercials, this work captures the combination of youthful innocence and crass... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Interactive Art, Participatory Art, Anthony...
Dance choreographer and intermedia artist Anna Halprin leads the KPFA audience in a participatory event, recorded live on Thursday evening, November 20, 1969. Listeners are encouraged to re-arrange their furniture at home in time to music played over the air and then to visualize a fantasy which occurred to them in the process. These fantasies are called into the station toward the conclusion of the program. Producer and host is Charles Amirkhanian. Anna Halprin directs the event. Program... Topics: Performance Art, Inter-Media, San Francisco Dancers' Workshop Company, Anna Halprin
This is the first in a series of programs produced by KPFA's Music Department in which artists from various disciplines were asked to take any amount of air time and get the audience to respond physically to the audio broadcast instead of just being passive listeners. While the events can be enjoyed as auditory soundscapes the primary purpose was to produce "event art" or "happenings", with the listeners as active participants. In this first such program of its type intended... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Inter-Media art, Interactive art, Audience participation, Soundscapes
One in a series of groundbreaking, audience participatory Radio Events, produced by KPFA in Berkeley California. For this program, Anthony Gnazzo, solicited from KPFA listeners, brief recordings of various sounds of their own choosing. This collection was then subjected to chance operations by Gnazzo, and lo and behold, “An Orchestra Is Born”. Somewhat reminiscent of John Cage’s “33 1/3”, the resulting auditory montage is a wonderfully diverse mix of spoken word, music, and just down... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Events series, Anthony Gnazzo, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Interactive Art
Tom Zahuranec invited the radio audience down to the KPFA Music Office to communicate mentally with a rhododendron which was wired with liquid electrodes feeding impulses into a Buchla synthesizer. This program includes commentary of Amirkhanian and Zahuranec, as well as the impressions of the participants. Topics: KPFA-FM, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Interactive Art, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Tom Zahuranec
Stanley Lunetta, editor of the avant-garde music periodical “Source”, invited the listening audience to participate at home as part of KPFA’s groundbreaking, interactive, participatory, Radio Event series. Using a graphic score and list of instructions published in the December 1969 KPFA Folio, or program guide, audience members were encouraged to listen to various programs on KPFA while altering the settings of their radios. The listeners were requested to record the sonic results and to... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Inter-Media, Visual Art, Interactive Art, Electronic Music, Audience...
Sound Sculpture As was an exhibition of 9 sound sculpture/performances, initiated and curated by Tom Marioni on April 30, 1970. The participating artists, all sculptors, were: Peter Macan (sounds of popping from plastic bubble wrap underfoot on the floor at entrance and in elevator); Mel Henderson (firing a gun at a projected image of a tiger); Jim Melchert (30 unanswered telephone rings from two calls placed from outside the museum); Tom Marioni aka Allan Fish (Piss Piece-- from the top of a... Topics: KPFA-FM, MOCA, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Sound Sculpture, Modern Art, Performance Art
A lengthy aural montage of interviews and monologues on the topic of “junk” mixed with snippets of jazz music and live in-studio chatter and listener phone calls to KPFA. Under the direction of composer Anthony Gnazzo, his text-sound composition was played on the radio during one of KPFA’s groundbreaking listener participatory Radio Events. Chaotic and fun, this sort of adventurous and experimental programing was typical of the anarchistic artistic world that was Berkeley during the late... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Sound Poetry, Inter-Media, Visual Art, Audience Participation
This recording documents the works of Tom Marioni, from 1959 to 1973. Marioni was the founder of the Museum of Conceptual Art of San Francisco (MOCA-SF), and the force behind a number of interesting programs found on radiOM.org. The reader heard in this recording is Marioni, who details his works in prose form. The statement was read at a show in Cambridge, MA., at Project Incorporated on February 13, 1973, and this document was prepared especially as a radio version of the same “piece”.... Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Modern Art, Tom Marioni
This is the second in a series of groundbreaking, participatory, radio programs produced by KPFA. In this program, recorded on October 31, 1969, Berkeley California sculptor, Peter Veres, invited listeners to take part in a do-it-yourself Halloween Brindle Party, a self-proclaimed Witches’ Sabbath, all through the magic of the radio air waves. (What’s a Brindle you ask, why it's the opposite of a Mugwamp of course.) Prior to the actual event, subscribers to the KPFA program guide were... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Inter-Media, Visual Art, Interactive Art, Audience Participation
One in a series of groundbreaking, audience participatory, Radio Events, produced by KPFA in Berkeley California. This program, entitled “Boiling Water” was created by Philip Corner in conjunction with Charles Amirkhanian and his wife Carol Law. In order to participate, the audience was encouraged to listen to the radio while standing near the stove. The general idea was to have the audience boil some water and make some tea, or some other warm beverage, in concert with the two on-air... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Interactive Art, Inter-Media Art, Audience Participation
Armenia Gardenia” by Charles Amirkhanian, was the 14th program in the groundbreaking Radio Event series, in which audience reactions were incorporated into a live KPFA radio broadcast. This work utilizes short pre-recorded sound events, such as snatches of music or talking, that were then played over the air interspersed with long periods of silence. Amirkhanian then waited for listeners to call into the station to inquire as to the nature of the broadcast in progress. These calls were... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Interactive Art, Inter-Media Art, Audience Participation
On September 17, 1979, at Mills College in Oakland, California, Bulgarian conceptual artist, Alzek Misheff presented his spectacle, “Music from the Sky, Part II”, from a balloon high flying above the audience, with loudspeakers blaring computer derived sounds, based on a graphic score using slides of outer space. The slides themselves were projected onto a screen halfway between the earth and the balloon. Why would an artist choose to create such an event? Is it art? These questions and... Topics: KPFK-FM, Evening Concert, Modern Art, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Alzek...